My husband and I spent 3 nights at the Bar-M Ranch and took a 3 hour trail ride. The accommodation is excellent - spotless, well-equipped, very comfortable and great value for money. We loved the peace and quiet and watching the wildlife - white-tail deer and black buck antelope. The area is famous for exotic species and we saw bison and wildebeest on our travels too!
Trisha and Mike are wonderful hosts in that they leave you completely alone to enjoy the ranch, while providing clear safety guidelines for both guests and permanent residents (wildlife and horses)!
As a horsewoman with many years experience (including many visits to other dude ranches and trail riding establishments) I have to give Trisha and Mike 11 out of 10 for the way they keep, manage and train their horses. They treat them with loving respect, unlike many places that use their horses like machines with minimum care and rough treatment. They also give an excellent pre-ride briefing on how to interact with the horses which is the best I've seen - a far cry from the "kick to make them go and pull on the reins to make them stop" instruction (typical of many other horse hire places) - with a focus on communication and leadership that the horse can understand and respond to.
The trail ride itself was a wonderful ride up into the hills with some excellent views. We saw more wildlife on the ride and Trisha explained about the native american sites and artefacts we saw along the way.
The ranch is close to Bandera, which was a little disappointing - more like the drugstore cowboy capital than a real cowboy town - but very friendly.
To sum up, a lovely stay with lovely people, great horses and lots of peace and quiet.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Deluxe Hill Country accommodations located on the scenic Bar M Ranch, just 2-1/2 miles from Bandera, Texas. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Bar M Guest Ranch, LLC Texas/Bandera